From Under Mountains #1

Writer: Claire Gibson, Marian Churchland Artist: Sloane Leong, Brandon Graham Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 30, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 4
7.6Critic Rating
6.6User Rating

In the first issue of this new fantasy series, old feuds and new monsters rise up to haunt the isolated northern fortress of Karsgate.

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Oct 14, 2015

    The writing's good. The art's good. The story's good. There's just not much to complain about with this one. Unless you're just turned off by the theme, or only read super heroes or sci-fi, this one is easily worth checking out. If you're not pulled in by the cover alone, I'm confident the solid premise and the possibility that anything could happen will bring you back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Oct 1, 2015

    The writing, however, is definitely going to be something of a required taste as it will require readers to stick with the series in order to delve deeper into it as nothing is simply handed to the reader. That will make this a rewarding read from some and not for others, but due to the gorgeous nature of the art and the poetic writing, this is not a series to immediately write off. It may be challenging read and not something that clearly explains itself in the first issue, but there's definitely beauty to be found beyond that. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 30, 2015

    From Under Mountains #1 is a promising debut for this new comic, and one that doesn't require any familiarity with the other 8house comics. While the split focus makes it tougher to latch onto the characters right away, the issue quickly finds its groove and builds up an intriguing fantasy realm. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Sep 30, 2015

    From Under Mountains is a gorgeous tone poem of a comic, but if you're looking for something plot-heavy and driving, this is not the book for you. It's a beautiful side trip, a detour through a foreign land with no guide except a vague understanding of the map. It's a trip worth taking, but not one that will give you a lot of easy answers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Ray W Oct 2, 2015

    From Under Mountains #1, is a good issue, that gives us a taste of the 8house universe with a simple story and nice artwork that matches the tone of the world. With a few more issues, I'm curious how the story will play out. Ill definitely try to catch up with the other 8house titles to see how everything moves into place and get a better understanding of everything. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Oct 6, 2015

    From Under Mountains #1 is easily read separately from the rest of the 8house universe, and its worthy of consideration. The series keeps its mythology and characters too much in the dark, but the intrigue is enough. If you like gorgeous Arabian fantasy, this is for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Laramie Martinez Oct 18, 2016

    As I said earlier, this book feels like an introduction. As if Claire Gibson and Marian Churchland just wanted to place their pieces where they wanted. There is one character's story arc that is told pretty much from start to finish in this issue, but as for the rest of cast by then end, we only catch a glimpse of where they could possibly end up. This emphasis on setting up the plot comes at the cost of a satisfactory ending. By the end of it, you want more out of the arc. Again, this is a small complaint for a book which manages to create a lush world filled with a pantheon of its own unique mythic figures, legends, and history. The world building within this story is what really impressed me, each culture feels flushed out and different. It leaves you feeling like there are so much more of this world to explore. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Oct 4, 2015

    From Under Mountains #1 is an interesting new series. While not the most reader friendly and certainly decompressed than most other books, I'm interested to see where this series is going. It's exciting to see the new paths of high fantasy being carved out in the comic book world and this is another captivating installment. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Dean Varga Oct 1, 2015

    Immersive and entertaining, From Under Mountains #1 is a strong start to a promising series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopOptiq - Ben Howard Oct 5, 2015

    Of course, this is a matter of taste. Depending on how one likes storytelling, minimalist or maximalist, some readers will provide the patience to continue reading the series, or are willing to stick around for the art alone. Despite the extreme minimalist story, From Under Mountains remains a unique comic in the audacious 8house series, and will satisfy anyone looking for something different. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pastrami Nation - kevin hoskinson Oct 7, 2015

    This series has potential to be a fun, magical, unique look at a world that we have never been introduced to before. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Oct 1, 2015

    While the first issue does not focus on any one of its settings or characters for very long, this vignette-type approach along with the map of Akhar to close out the issue certainly suggests that the creators have much in store for readers. From Under Mountains #1 has only just scratched the surface, it seems, and with what readers already have witnessed here it is exciting to imagine what lies ahead. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 29, 2015

    It is far too early to see exactly how this is going to turn out, and the pieces don't all fit together quite yet. This is possibly a good thing, as there isn't a sense of inevitability just yet either. Brandon has undeniably built an intriguing world from each of the entries so far, and there are enough hooks to enable some further digging, even if none of them are particularly robust by themselves at the moment. Either way, Graham's big picture thinking is something that is refreshingly welcome, and a positive sign of things to come. Read Full Review

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